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Ms. Stark

Naomi Stark

President, Stark Service Solutions, LLC

Stark Service Solutions, LLC was founded in 2001, by Naomi Stark, current Chair of the AH&LA Technology & E-Business Committee, an expert in guest satisfaction and loyalty and employee development. Stark Service Solutions, LLC is known for developing smart training and software platforms such as the Touch System. The Touch System is the only software tool of its kind, bridging HR, Training and Operations to sustain a culture of highly personalized guest experiences. This program brings a unique approach to customer satisfaction management, which consistently assists clients in all sectors of the industry. Ms. Stark began her hospitality career in 1996, at the Orchid at Mauna Lani in Food & Beverage, following several years in retail management. Ms. Stark quickly progressed with Starwood Hotel and Resorts and was promoted to Area Director of Guest Satisfaction Management in 1999. Her responsibilities included the guest and associate satisfaction ratings of each property in the region. Through analysis and careful examination of the commonalities causing guest and associate dissatisfaction, Ms. Stark developed the unique training program Formula 10™. Formula 10™ focuses on communication, accountability, and recognition practices across all departments. Through Formula 10™ and a system of checks and balances for every position in the hotel, every property in Ms. Stark's region achieved immediate sharp increases in customer satisfaction and loyalty ratings. Her properties repeatedly achieved “Best In Class” rankings and were recognized for consistently having very low “problems experienced by guests” ratings with the highest ranked “problem resolution” ratings. Clients from all major brands include W Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Wyndham Hotels, Best Western International, Marriott, Lexington and numerous independents. These have implemented Stark's specialized methodologies, experiencing enormous successes including increased diamond ratings and raising guest satisfaction ratings to as high as the nines from even the low sevens. For the second straight year Stark Service Solutions, LLC has been honored with the prestigious MD Preferred Services Award for “Outstanding Hospitality Training & Technology”. Hotels who use Stark systems - including the Housekeeping PM Touch System™ Module, which exclusively features an expert Bed Bug Inspection - receive special recognition by the medical community, for their “Commitment to Cleanliness and Service”. Ms. Stark is very involved in industry organizations and speaks regularly at events such as the 2011 HITEC convention on the subject of, “Technologies to Improve Hotel Operations”.

Please visit http://www.starkservicesolutions.com for more information.

Ms. Stark can be contacted at 480.614.1009 or nstark@starkservicesolutions.com

Coming up in October 2019...

Revenue Management: Focus On Profit

Revenue Management is still a relatively new profession within hotel operations and as such, it continues to evolve. One significant trend in this area is a shift away from using revenue as the foundation to generate key performance indicators (KPIs) and to instead place the emphasis on profit. Traditionally, revenue managers have relied on total revenue per available room (TrevPAR) and revenue per available room (RevPAR) as the basis of their KPIs. Now, some revenue managers are using gross operating profit per available room (GOPPAR) as their primary KPI. This puts profit at the center of revenue management strategy, and managers are increasingly searching for new ways to increase the profitability of their hotels. Return on Investment is the objective of any hotel investment, so it is only logical that profitability and ROI will be emphasized going forward. Another trend is an expanded focus on direct hotel bookings. Revenue managers know that one way to increase profitability is to steer guests away from online travel agencies (OTAs) and book directly with the hotel. This tactic also reinforces brand identity and loyalty, and encourages repeat business. In addition, it provides a valuable platform to market the hotel directly to the customer, and to upsell room upgrades or other services to them. Another trend for revenue managers involves automation in their software programs. Revenue management systems with automation are far more desirable than those without it. Automating data entry and logistics increases efficiency, allowing managers to spend more time on formulating strategy. As a bonus, an automated system helps with aggregating and interpreting data. The October issue of the Hotel Business Review will address these developments and document how some leading hotels are executing their revenue management strategies.